SCOTUS rules in two cases affecting Arizona

Liberals on SCOTUS thwarted in abolishing death penalty, rule against AZ legislature

Arizona’s application of lethal injection holds, based on today’s Supreme Court ruling in Glossip v. Gross, an Oklahoma case brought by inmates challenging the drug protocol. Lethal injection opponents cited an execution they referred to as “botched.”

The 5-4 decision, was supported by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito, who wrote the opinion.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor a death penalty opponent, theatrically stated that the use of the drug midazolam leaves the prisoners “exposed to what may well be the chemical equivalent of being burned at the stake.”  Sotomayor neglected to call attention to the victims of the criminals whose crimes were heinous enough to be worthy of the death penalty.

The Arizona Legislature was dealt an unfortunate blow in the case Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission . At issue was whether an unelected “Independent” Commission should infringe on the Arizona Legislature’s ability to draw redistricting boundaries. The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision sided with the appointed commission‘s authority. 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote the opinion for the majority, in which Justice Anthony Kennedy joined with the liberals. Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, as did Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

In his dissent, Roberts said that majority’s position “has no basis in the text, structure, or history of the Constitution, and it contradicts precedents from both Congress and this Court.”

6 Responses to SCOTUS rules in two cases affecting Arizona

  1. Pima Pal says:

    There is nothing even vaguely Independent about the unelected Independent Redistricting Commission. In 2011, the Chairman Colleen Coyle Mathis was removed from her position after Gov. Brewer cited “grave concerns” regarding “gross misconduct.” Mathis was removed by a Senate vote of 21 – 6 that went along party lines. Later she was reinstated by the AZ Supreme Court.

    How Independent was she? Mathis and her Democrat husband donated to Democrat campaigns, supported a group that financed pro-abortion Democrat women candidates and he served as treasurer on the campaign of Nancy Young Wright, a Democrat state legislative candidate running in LD 26 in Pima County. It’s a farce to think there is a shred of “Independence” in the Commission. The Supremes were hoodwinked and Arizona voters are the losers.

  2. Maggie says:

    Lethal injection is too good for murderers. In a perfect world, they would not mildly be put to sleep, albeit permanently. They would suffer the same fate they inflicted on their victims. Richard Glossip the Oklahoma petitioner who whined the drugs could cause suffering was responsible for his boss being beaten to death with a baseball bat. Would he and Sister Helen Prejean, his nun supporter think that would be a just punishment for him?

  3. MacBeth says:

    Charles Warner was one of the other petitioners on the lethal injection case. He was rightfully executed for raping and killing a 11-month old baby girl, the daughter of his live-in girlfriend in 1997. His reprieve was all the years he’s lived since that sickening brutality against an infant. The baby had a six-inch skull fracture, a broken jaw, three broken ribs, bruised lungs and a lacerated liver and spleen.
    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/04/life_of_inmate_who_raped_murde.html

  4. Conservative Since Birth says:

    From Drudge – the latest provision for our new Central Government:

    SUPREMES: STATES CAN’T FORCE VOTERS TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP

  5. jojo says:

    It’s time for civil disobedience. Just say no. States created the Fed government and it’s time to disregard unconstitutional decisions they crank out. States….take your power back. Keep those power plants
    running and tell the EPA to pound sand.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      I give Arizona credit for fighting back at the federal government.
      Brewer had at it – Sheriff Joe tried. We’re one of just a few states (Kansas is another) who tried and pretty much got shot down every time. Today, AZ really suffered a blow – three times by the far Left Marxist, pro-homosexual rights, anti traditional, anti-Constitution zealots on the court.

      The Central Government has us where they want us. No more silly states’ rights. Last week and today have been the darkest days for America.